shape of things
for chamber orchestra
2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl (2nd doubling bcl), 2 bn, 2 hn, 2 tpt, perc
(1 player), strings
duration: 7 minutes
The shape of things
The piece invites listeners to consider memory’s role
in creating musical objects in time. There is little exact repetition
of material; just a few building blocks which quietly accumulate into
a larger kaleidoscopic shape.
Iain Matheson comes from Glasgow.
He graduated Bmus from Glasgow University, where his composition teachers
included George Newson and Lyell Cresswell. After completing his studies
he worked as pianist/composer with a theatre group, and piano teacher
in schools. He has also worked for the Church of Scotland, both in Scotland
and in Prague. Iain now lives in Musselburgh, near Edinburgh, where he
works as a piano teacher.
Performances of Iain's music include those by Cappella Nova, Chamber Group
of Scotland, Peter Evans, Frances-Marie Uitti, Ananda Sukarlan, Emperor
String Quartet, Kevin Bowyer, ensemble 175 East (New Zealand), Burkhard
Molir (Germany) and Ensemble Bash. His music celebrates and explores musical
shapes before any other expressive intention.
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